The Voelker Orth Museum offers school programs in
science and local history.
School Programs 2013-2014
The Museum occupies a landmarked 1890s house and garden in Flushing, which provide a unique, safe, and relaxing space for visitors of all ages to experience local history and horticulture.
We aim to support our colleagues teaching in classrooms around the city by developing programs that complement New York State's Learning Standards and the new Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy.
Programs can be adapted for audiences with special needs.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
$95 per class (material fee included). Class size is limited to 30 students.
Programs include an outdoor component, please dress accordingly.
School bus parking is available in front of the museum on 38th Avenue.
Advance payment is required. A full refund is available for cancellations up to 15 days prior to the scheduled program
Miniature glass gardens were first introduced by Dr. Nathaniel
Ward in 1827. After a brief introduction to the history
and concept of terrariums, participants will learn about
nature's water cycle and construct their own terrarium
to take home.
Birds, Our Feathered Friends!
From bird anatomy to habitats, nests, and bird feeders,
this hands-on program will present many fascinating facts
about our winged friends. Participants construct a bird
feeder to take home.
From Caterpillar to Butterfly!
Let's discover the amazing cycle of tiny worm-like caterpillars
transformed into colorful butterflies and how these amazing
insects sustain themselves. Take home a "stained
glass" butterfly paper project to hang at your window.
Who is Afraid of Honey Bees?
Students will discover the life and activities of honey
bees and learn to differentiate between honey bees, wasps,
and hornets. The instructor will show an actual working
hive and participants will have a chance to sample a taste
Plants We Eat
Carrots, French fries, popcorn, grapes, lettuce! Do you
know where all these delicious foods come from? Find out
facts about plants, pollination, seeds and fruits. Participants
will start a plant from seed to take home.
Students compare their own cultural heritage with the Voelker Orth family's through examining artifacts and discussion, and then hone their printmaking and information literacy skills by closely examining one of Conrad Voelcker's German-language newspapers and creating their own front page to take home.
Teacher and Student Feedback
The children loved it. It was wonderful!
— Ms. Zaimi from St. Demetrios School
Thank you so much for teaching us. We all had a lot of
— Kari from PS 184
It was our best trip this year! It was so much fun being
– Class 2-205 from P.S. 84